EvenStart program is designed specifically for children
emonstrating vulnerability and risk associated with poverty,
childhood trauma, attachment disorders, physical/sexual
abuse, and neglect of basic human needs.
types of impoverished background of the children that
we serve, are sometimes associated with prenatal and perinatal
conditions such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), cocaine
addiction, prematurity, and failure to thrive, which compounds
the effects of a compromised environment on a child’s
life with these health
and developmental problems
further limits the child’s ability to handle the stresses
with a sometime chaotic home environments. These realities
effect the types of experience a child has. This is turn,
can adversely effect brain development.
EvenStart, we focus both on the child’s development and
the family’s resources
as a whole.
effects of a traumatized start in life, on child development,
especially in the first three years of life, are well
documented by Dr. Bruce Perry as an internationally
recognized authority on children in crisis (http://www.childtrauma.org/CTAMATERIALS/incubated.asp
Traumatized children may experience post traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), resulting in increased muscle
increased temperature, increased startle response,
(i.e., a constant ‘fight or flight’ syndrome).
Such children have no resting heart rate, decreased
sleep regulation and decreased cardiovascular regulation.
in regulating a child's physiological state are associated
with emotional and behavioral problems. The children
we serve at EvenStart are easily upset and often unable
to calm themselves (i.e., self-regulate). If they
experience inconsistent caring strategies in their
homes, they are further limited in their ability to
develop emotional and behavioral control. When their
lives are inconsistent, they have difficulty developing
stable concepts of cause-and-effect.
EvenStart Preschool program is a stable place where
they can experience consistent and rewarding interactions.
It is designed to proved a safe, predictable, and